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UPDATE: Homeless man dies in The City


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The body of a 77-year-old homeless man was discovered in a phone booth at Independence Square, The City on Tuesday.

Police say around 6:30 a.m., the 77-year-old male was discovered near the taxi parking.

His identity is being withheld at this time as investigations continue to locate any family members, but the man was known to be “a vagrant of no fixed place of abode”.

Police say it is being treated as a sudden death at this stage as there are no suspicions surrounding the circumstances of his death.

Sharon Bellamy-Thompson, who conducts a feeding programme in The City, said she was shocked by the incident. She was in the area earlier but left to feed clients in Jubilee Gardens before returning to the scene.

Bellamy-Thompson said she saw the man the previous day and fed him for more than a decade. In the event that he was not there when she arrived, she left his meals with the taxi drivers who ply their trade from Independence Square.

One of those drivers told Nation News he last saw the man alive around 1 p.m. Monday when he left the area.

“I leave here early [yesterday] but when I come this morning – I come after six this morning – and didn’t even notice that he was in there. From the time I get there and I ain’t see he, I know something wrong,” he said.

Another taxi driver said when he did not see the man he began looking and realised he has passed away because he would not be in the phone booth “at that time of the day”.

“We don’t trouble them, they don’t trouble we.”

Police were summoned to the scene after someone told a security guard who works in the area. (PR/SAT)



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